Loose leaf tea is a great choice for tea enthusiasts simply because of its quality, in terms of flavour and aroma as compared to tea bags which are fine if you are in a rush.
If you love your tea like Mrs Doyle then you need a great tea pot for a great cup of Irish tea. However with loose leaf tea, you will need a teapot designed just for loose leaf tea
It is well know that the material of the teapot can affect the taste of the tea. You can choose between Glass, ceramic, and porcelain teapots all of which are good options and will ensure that the taste of your tea is pure and unaffected by the teapot. Glass teapots are great fun as you can watch the tea steep and see the liquid change colours. Cast iron is another great option and they are very durable, but they are a little heavy. Plastic or aluminum teapots can change the taste of the tea so Mrs Doyle would definitely advise avoiding these.
Infuser Basket or Strainer
It's important that teapots for loose leaf tea have a removable infuser basket that permits the tea leaves to expand and so release their full flavour. Infusers are great as the infuser basket can be easily removed once the tea has steeped, preventing over steeping and possible bitterness. Some teapots have a built-in strainer, it's best to look for a teapot with a nice fine mesh strainer as it will help catch even the smallest tea leaves.
If you only make a single cup, a nice small teapot may be sufficient, however, if you like to make lots of cups at once, it's best to go for a larger teapot . We should remember that a larger teapot will probably take longer to heat up and require more loose leaf tea.
A good teapot should keep your tea warm for longer periods of time and ceramic and cast iron are great at retaining heat. Also check that the teapot has a good lid that fits tightly as some less expensive teapots are not made with a good fitting lid. Remember not all teapots can be put in the dishwasher and not all pieces in the teapot may be able to go inside the dishwasher.
Best teapots and tea cups
Whether you are a seasoned tea drinker or just starting out, a good teapot can make all the difference in taste and experience. Today you can choose from classic to modern designs , which come in many colours, and most good tea shops will have a range of great teapots!
We of course recommend our Mrs Doyles tea pots sold in our tea shop and also we can recommend our partner the wonderful Irish pottery Belleek , which makes Mrs Doyle's Irish tea cups, tea sets, and Irish tea gifts.